Jordan INGO Forum (JIF): Advocacy Coordinator

OVERVIEW :

The Jordan INGO Forum (JIF) was established in 2012 and currently brings together 43 international organizations working in Jordan. JIF exists primarily to serve the needs of its members and to act in their interest for the betterment of serving beneficiaries. JIF’s main objectives include information sharing/ communication; coordination; policy development and advocacy; and external representation of the INGO community.   
In 2015 JIF added a Coordinator position to expand its activities, and in 2016 (pending funding) JIF plans to expand to three total staff in order to improve services to its members and increase advocacy related to operational space and protection issues. JIF (and JIF advocacy) is guided by its Terms of Reference, its elected Steering Committee and ultimately by the Country Directors of member organizations. JIF is presently hosted by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Jordan and is based in Amman.   
The position was approved by the Steering Committee for a 6-month period as a pilot, and pending the outcome and funding possibilities, may be extended.   
RESPONSIBILITES AND DUTIES The Advocacy Coordinator will:  
Policy / Advocacy  Lead advocacy efforts called for by JIF members/Steering Committee and ensure policy positions are grounded in reality.

 Chair and strengthen the JIF Advocacy Working Group and ensure the timely production of advocacy and influencing materials/products.

  Develop and implement a JIF advocacy work plan in collaboration with JIF Country Directors and the Steering Committee.

  Build a network with advocacy and other relevant staff in external agencies (GoJ, Donors and UN bodies).

 Ensure that JIF advocacy actions and products present a balanced view and support the needs/rights of vulnerable people in Jordan

.  Stay up-to-date on humanitarian, political, social and security issues relevant to Jordan and the wider response to the Syria Crisis.   
Information Sharing / Communication

 Coordinate JIF advocacy efforts internally within Jordan, and liaise with external advocacy partners such as donors and foreign governments, INGO forums in the region, humanitarian actors, INGO groups such as Interaction, and others to strengthen advocacy efforts related to Jordan and Southern Syria.

  Collect, analyze and share information relevant to members and external stakeholders, with the goal of influencing policies and improving operational or protection space.  Ensure effective communication for all advocacy and influencing issues related to the Forum.  
  
Job Description - Advocacy Coordinator (JIF)  
 
  Ensure effective and consistent communication and engagement with the UN, national NGOs, local authorities, donors, embassies and other stakeholders.

  Support the maintenance of high quality working groups by providing technical input and guidance when needed.

  With other Forum members, work to uphold the JIF Terms of Reference.

  Coordinate with external stakeholders (government, donors, UN, local organizations, etc.) to share information and pursue issues of interest to JIF members.   
Representation

 Ensure that INGO positions on specific issues are well represented at relevant platforms and meetings; and as much as possible promote representation by INGOs themselves.   
Managemen

  Support JIF donor reporting and proposal development.

  Ensure ongoing dialogue with donors particularly around protection and operational space issues and strategies for change.   
REPORTS TO:  JIF Coordinator  


QUALIFICATIONS:

 Advanced university degree in relevant field.

  At least 3 years of experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting with an INGO.

  Relevant work experience in policy analysis, advocacy strategic planning, Communications, research, media, data gathering and/or information management.

 Demonstrated capacity to develop and implement advocacy strategies with clear theories of change, particularly related to protection issues and operational space.  

 Familiarity with humanitarian principles and response architecture (such as UN-led coordination mechanisms).

  Knowledge of the Jordan context or previous experience working in Jordan or the Middle East

  Strong communication, inter-personal, facilitation and diplomatic skills.

 Fluency in English, both written and verbal, with strong writing and editing skills. Knowledge of Arabic is a plus.  

 Excellent computer skills. Experience with web design or maintenance, and/or with graphic design or layout a plus.  

 
PERSONAL QUALITIES

 You are able to think strategically;

 You are able to initiate action and change;

 You are able to influence;

 You are able to communicate with impact and respect.   


Commencement: April/May 2016 Contract period: 6 months Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s Terms of Employment